Washington November 20, 2018 – Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after President Trump said he would not hold Saudi Crown Prince bin Salman at fault for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi:
“I’m shocked that President Trump said there will be no punishment for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
“The facts are clear. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and columnist for a U.S. newspaper, was killed by agents of the Saudi government in a Saudi consulate. This was a premeditated murder, plain and simple.
“Given the fact that Saudi security organizations are under the absolute control of the crown prince, there’s every reason to believe the crown prince gave the order.
“Media reports now say the CIA is confident the crown prince directed Khashoggi’s murder. To allow this to happen with no consequences is offensive to every value the United States holds dear.
“I plan to vote against any future arms sales and appropriation to Saudi Arabia. I also believe that the United States should consider sanctions against the crown prince and that the Saudi ambassador to the United States should not be allowed to continue in that role.
“Human rights is more than just a phrase, it has to mean something. And that means standing up and condemning a brazen murder by a foreign government. Everyone who played a role in this killing must be held accountable.”